We’re already halfway through August folks. September is on the horizon and that means fall and rain. But for now, we’ll just pretend we don’t see it coming. After all, there are plenty of things to distract yourself with this weekend. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Seattle this weekend.
Help welcome The Showbox back with performances by local star Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service as well as David Bazan. It’s sure to be quite the show and who doesn’t want to sing along to bangers like “Such Great Heights” and “I Will Follow you into The Dark”.
When: August 20th
Where: 1426 1st Ave
One of Seattle’s best and also sneakiest galleries has a great show that you can only check out on the weekends. Right now you can see works by Molly Magai, Tessa O’Brien, Emil Robinson, Gail Spaien, Jay Stern. “This show brings together a group of paintings that explore spaces and the characteristics by which we know them.”
When: Until September 11th
Where: 609 S Brandon street
This is your chance to stroll through seven acres of brilliantly colored sunflowers and take one bloom home. You’ll also be able to enjoy other u-pick flowers along with all sorts of family-friendly activities like zip lines, a chalk truck, and even a low ropes course. It’s sure to be fun for folks of all ages.
When: Various dates until September 19th
Where: Maris Farms, 25001 Sumner Buckley Hwy Buckley, WA
Cost: GA $18
Love design? Want to be around other people that love design as much as you do? Check out the Seattle Design Festival Block Party which is happening in person this year! You can enjoy built installations and pop-up experiences all centered around design, urbanism, and our world’s return to some state of normalcy.
When: August 21st & 22nd
Where: Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N
Then on August 14th & 15th, you’ll be able to step into a world of fantasy as Merriwick is taken over by faeries, witches, wizards, goblins, elves, dragons, and everything in between during “Myths & Magic”. It’s time to get out your wings and elf ears if you have them. You’ll be able to celebrate as the fairground becomes a world of lore and enchantment.
When: August 21st & 22nd
Where: 19401 Sumner Buckley Hwy, Bonney Lake, WA
Cost: Day admission $23.18 per person, Camping starts at $60 per person (includes 2 days admission to the fair)
You can enjoy this film festival both in drive-thru format and digitally at home. You’ll be able to watch short and feature films by Taiwanese American directors as well as some Q&As. If you attend in person you’ll also be able to enjoy snacks and drinks inspired by Taiwan’s cuisine.
When: Until August 22nd
Where: Vasa Park Resort, 3560 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Bellevue, WA
Local fave Scarecrow Video is partnering with the Phinney Neighborhood Association, UHeights, and Companis for its outdoor movie series once again this summer. You’ll be able to watch both adult and family-friendly movies every Thursday and Saturday this August. Don’t miss out!
When: Until August 28th
Where: Phinney Center, 6615 Dayton Ave N
Cost: $20 per car
The Deconstructed Art Fair is the substitute for the larger Seattle Art Fair which draws local, national, and international galleries. But what makes it extra cool is that it allows for smaller and local galleries to get a larger audience. In fact, this year there are over 50 galleries participating and you can visit them all on your own time online and in person.
When: Until August 31st
Where: Participating galleries around Seattle
Bob’s Corn Sunflower Festival invites you to escape into over 50 varieties of sunflowers. You can wander the fields, enjoy photo ops, check out a weekend market and even enjoy eats and drinks. There’s fun for the whole family and if you’re looking for an unforgettable late summer experience this might just be it.
When: Until September 17th
Where: 10917 Elliott Road, Snohomish, WA
Cost: $17.95 per person
This show is a unique one for PNW art as it’s showcasing prolific painter Alden Mason’s work. Mason’s artworks helped shape the future of Northwest art through his work and also through his teaching. So if you’ve been curious about local masters, this is a great show to check out.
When: Until October 10th
Where: 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA
What’d we tell ya? Plenty of fun to be had. Get out there, see some sunflowers, some art, watch a film or two. Have a great weekend and we’ll catch you back here next week.